My daily grind: everyday coffee good enough for a coffee snob

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OCD CCD Coffee brewing tips:

Clever Coffee Dripper, there are 3 variables you control which make pronounced differences to your caffeinated beverage experience:

  1. Water temp: Start with water that’s just-off boil (i.e. Wait 10 seconds after your kettle stops violently boiling). Coffee too bitter? Try waiting a minute or two after boiling stops before steeping.
  2. Bean/water ratio: Start with 22g beans/360g water (yields 300g of brewed coffee). Too weak? More beans. Too strong? Less beans.
  3. Steep time: Try a 3 minutes steep in the CCD before placing it on a cup to drip. Longer for stronger.

Aside: if it takes more than a minute or two for the CCD to finish dripping into your cup you need a coarser grind (the not-so-secret 4th variable).


Recommended Brewing Gear:

Clever Coffee Dripper with Filtropia #4 Coffee Filters

Any kettle will do, but if I didn’t already have one, I’d be tempted to get the long-necked cordless Bonavita Hot Water Kettle

Wanna grind your own beans?  Pickup the Encore Electric Coffee Grinder or, for a cheaper hand-cranked alternative, this Stainless Steel Grinder will give you consistently great brew results. If you want to grind fine espresso, I’d recommend heavier-duty models, but that’s an entirely different post 🙂


** Of course just when we publish this article a new coffee maker comes out that gives the CCD a run for our daily grind! After a year of testing, it’s replaced the Clever Coffee Dripper as our daily coffee maker. Links and full review of the Bonavita Immersion Coffee Dripper here.

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  • Randy Kepple April 21, 2013 - 11:44 pm

    Let me “espresso” my congratulations on the new site! Noodles and coffee… Man, you guys are killing me! I live in a part of the world that made the dream of coffee stands on every corner a reality. We have as many roasts of coffee as Eskimos have words for snow!

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    Keep on brewing up posts! Looks like a fun place to hang out!

    • Dave April 21, 2013 - 11:53 pm

      Randy!! So glad you’re here and officially our FIRST commenter who isn’t related by blood 😀

      As a serious coffee Geek, I roast my own beans but seriously: I gotta go to Costco to find that Rogers blend now!!

      Blessings bro and thanks for spending your time here 🙂

  • Randy Kepple April 22, 2013 - 8:05 am

    I’m number 1?! Seriously, that’s fantastic! And of course you roast your own beans ! 🙂 How the heck do you do that? A blog post unto itself! I have to see that because I’ve never seen anyone roast their own beans, dude, that’s hard core! Now, if only I could get up and exercise!

  • Randy Kepple April 22, 2013 - 8:07 am
    • Dave April 22, 2013 - 9:39 am

      WINNING!!! Thanks for the link-up Randy!!!! Happy Brewing 🙂

  • Kenny Nakai April 22, 2013 - 10:42 am

    I just got a burr grinder this past winter…and am still looking for a way to make a better cup of coffee- I may have to check this little CCD out!

    • Dave April 22, 2013 - 10:48 am

      Sweet Kenny!!! And thanks for checking this place out 🙂 Blessings bro!!

  • Jon Chan April 22, 2013 - 11:30 am

    Great site! What ratio do you use for your grinds to water? I hear you roast your own beans…is this true?

    I should try this device but the asian in me can’t get over having to buy filter paper rather than just using a french press 😉

    • Dave April 22, 2013 - 12:00 pm

      Dr Daddy Jon! Re: ratio: 22g/350g bean/water (weigh scales rock!). Re: paper filters. True dat. If you wanna go green and don’t mind the sediment of french-press try this Aeropress with SS disk.

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  • Joel April 23, 2013 - 5:37 pm

    Great post Dave! I checked the Amazon USA link you provided for the Clever Coffee Drinker and Amazon won’t ship this particular product to Canada. I checked Amazon Canada and they carry it, but it would from HK! Tres bummed until I came across which is based right here in Calgary! I’ll be ordering a CCD soon or even picking it up if they allow for walk-up purchases! And just in time too – our Bodum has started to leak for some reason. 🙂

    • Dave April 23, 2013 - 6:03 pm

      Yo Joel!! Glad you got hooked up! Would love to hear your thoughts when you get a chance to brew 🙂

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  • Shelley May 1, 2013 - 3:24 pm

    I love this..great coffee blog post. As usual your pictures are stunning and make me want to go brew a cup right now. LOL I have used a steeper for tea similar to this but never for coffee…I think I may have to give it a whirl. Thanks guys!
    BTW… Love this new site 🙂

    • Dave May 1, 2013 - 3:42 pm

      Hey Shelley!! Thanks for checking this place out! Yup: a fuss-free great brew is waiting for you 😀

  • Patrick Pike August 1, 2013 - 8:41 am

    Coffee!! Awesome man, I’m always on the look out for new tasty brewing methods. This looks like it might be perfect for car-camping trips too. Cheers Dave!

    • Dave August 3, 2013 - 11:24 am

      Thanks for taking the time to comment AND for the tagline! Bottoms Up!! 😀

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  • bob December 7, 2014 - 3:12 pm

    what is your opinion regards a s.s. mesh filter sieve. I’m wanting to stay away from paper filters & thank you much….great site!

    • Dave December 8, 2014 - 10:52 am

      Thanks for the kind words Bob! Re: ss filters. I’ve tried the ss filter for Aeropress but prefer a cleaner cup of a paper filter. But it’s definitely personal preference and will depend on the beans you like too. If you like french press coffee with more body and don’t mind fines in your cup, then I’d totally recommend giving it a try (burr grinder needed). If you find there’s too many fines in your cup, you could also pre-sift to remove the fines for a more even extraction. Hope this helps and would love to hear what you decide to do 🙂 Bottoms up!